BIO: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection who posted 120/6/1 as a senior. Team captain the past two years.
POSITIVES: Explosive defender who forces the action. Fast moving laterally, quick closing on the play and makes his presence felt. Gets depth on pass drops displaying outstanding range and collapses well from the outside defending the run. Breaks down well, plays with balance and rarely off his feet. Disciplined, does not bite the play action and takes good angles to ballcarriers. Occasionally placed over the slot receiver and does an admirable job. Defeats blocks and gets through the trash making the tackle.
NEGATIVES: Previous injuries include reconstructive surgery on his left knee in October of 2002. Does not always remain focused and mentally hesitant.
ANALYSIS: A tenacious, sideline-to-sideline defender, Burnett is a naturally gifted athlete with improved instincts. Lacks the great size, yet has shown consistent improvement in all areas of his game and could be the next productive NFL linebacker to come from the Tennessee program.